SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE MICRO-TRAVEL DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Last week, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic shifted from fears to reality. Preventative measures enacted by local and federal governments have pushed students, professionals, and retirees alike to the confines of their domicile in a new social behavior tagged as “social distancing.” The first week of quarantine is now coming to close and panic is being replaced by a maligned feeling that “social distancing” may become the new normal required to keep our precariously perched healthcare system from going over the edge. This change is not so unpalatable to some in a society that is increasingly dependent on digital methods of socializing, communication, and commerce. However, to many this shift causes anxiety, stress, and depression. Perhaps in some, it will extend and increase the severity of S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), due to reduced time in daylight at a time when winter should be ending. Others are simply craving a taste of sunshine. Being from the Philadelphia area where winters can be a dark, cold, and lengthy affair, I know I am one of those people craving sunshine when spring rears its head. My mood, adult acne, and energy levels are vastly improved in the warmer months of the year. Needless to say, I am less than thrilled about “social distancing” as I had a beach vacation planned, that has since been cancelled, for the third week of March. In spite of all this negativity, hope is not lost.